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RISK TAKERS - Down The Rabbit Hole: Once You Fall In Love With Innovative Storytelling, There's No Going Back

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 17, 2017
 


ANITA GOU
LOS ANGELES, CA

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
TO THE BONE
THE LAST ANIMALS

PRODUCER
ASSASSINATION NATION

Every producer has at least one “movie that changed my life.”  What’s yours, and why?

 Pulp Fiction. I stumbled upon the film when I was probably too young to be watching a Tarantino film—and I had never seen anything like it before. I didn’t know a film could be so self-assured and confrontational. It led me down a rabbit hole of great and classic cinema and I haven’t looked back since.

What’s the most recent project you’ve backed?  What got you excited about it?

Assassination Nation. Aside from getting to work with our visionary director Sam Levinson and a stellar cast, the story itself and the way we tell it is so singular that I believe it will be a pioneer in many exciting ways. I also wanted to support a project that truly and honestly confronted issues like female empowerment, personal privacy, and victim-blaming in the digital age, issues that are very important and dear to me.

What are the essential qualities you look for in a producing partner?  What flaws are you willing to overlook?

I strive to work with people who are honest, talented and aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and work hard. I’m willing to overlook a lot for someone who has these qualities; it’s a tough business to be in, after all. 

What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken on a project? Which project(s) had the most gratifying payoff (either creatively or financially)?

Every project is risky in its own way. To the Bone, for example, was risky because we had to make a decision to get involved almost immediately. But we ended up with a beautiful and impactful film that premiered at Sundance and was released on Netflix this year. Likewise, The Last Animals is a documentary we supported that came with considerable risk. But the role the film now has in helping to influence public opinion on illegal ivory poaching is endlessly rewarding and a constant reminder of why we do what we do. 

What’s a story you recently saw or read that really connected with you?  Which artists working today are doing the kinds of work that’s most important to you? 

Sean Baker’s Tangerine is my ideal film as an indie producer. It’s a crazy fun slice of life that’s not only jam-packed with intense emotions and beautiful characters, but had such innovation and efficiency in almost every aspect of the filmmaking. Also love genre-defying films and filmmakers who have a strong visual language and point of view; Swiss Army Man and I Don’t Live at Home in This World Anymore are some examples from recent years.

What’s the quickest way to make sure you will NEVER back the project I’m pitching you?

To be unable to pinpoint something concrete that sets your project apart. 

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